Facing difficult situations such as hospitalisation, illness, death and dying, are all experiences that can raise all sorts of reactions, emotions and questions for patients, families and carers. Why is this happening to me? Does my life have meaning? Am I truly loved?
Good health care responds to all of your needs including emotional, physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. This is true person-centred care. You can ask for spiritual care to be a part of your health care.
Spiritual care can help you feel more connected with yourself, other people or to something beyond. It may involve your religious beliefs and practices or the values that are important to you. It is about supporting what gives meaning and purpose to your life.
Every experience of distress or illness is unique. Only the one who experiences it knows what it really feels like, and they are the only one who intuitively know the source of their own inner strength. So, in mental health care, it is vital that each person is given the opportunity to talk about that source of strength and for mental health workers to acknowledge it as deeply important in planning ways to support them.